Race Weekend Central

Alvaro Parente Wins Fire Hydrant-Plagued PWC Feature

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

K-PAX Racing’s Alvaro Parente led flag-to-flag Sunday to claim victory in the Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA race in Long Beach.  It is the second win of the season for the Portuguese McLaren factory racer and the second in a row for him at Long Beach.  Last year, Cadillac’s Johnny O’Connell actually won the race on-track, but …

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Ryan Dalziel Fastest in PWC Long Beach Practice

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Long Beach is the only place on the Pirelli World Challenge schedule where the teams can actually put themselves directly up against the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Daytona class and see where they stand.  Both classes race GT3 cars.  The main difference here is the tires.  GT Daytona cars run on Continentals while Pirelli …

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Patrick Long Wins PWC GT Race No. 2 at St. Petersburg

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Sunday afternoon, Patrick Long was able to take advantage of a bad start by pole sitter Alex Riberas to take over the lead in the first corner from third on the grid.  From there, Long was able to hold off Cadillac’s Johnny O’Connell to take his first win of 2017. The start itself was a …

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Andrew Aquilante Sweeps PWC GTS at St. Petersburg

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On Saturday afternoon, Andrew Aquilante proved that his pace on Friday was no fluke.  He may not have any definitive plans to race the No. 32 Ford Mustang BOSS 302R for the rest of the season, but for this weekend, he’s on top. Aquilante started from the pole and held off Lawson Aschenbach for the …

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Alvaro Parente Wins PWC GT Round 1 at St. Petersburg

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday morning, defending Pirelli World Challenge GT champion Alvaro Parente was able to get past pole sitter Daniel Mancinelli on lap 2.  The move, using the contrarian outside line at turn 4, gave the Portuguese racer the advantage.  From there, Parente pulled away to claim the victory by 10.135 seconds. Unlike Friday’s first GTS race, …

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Andrew Aquilante Wins PWC GTS Season Opener

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Friday afternoon saw the race debut of Chevrolet’s new Camaro GT4.R, a new car built for worldwide competition, but with an American flair.  Lawson Aschenbach qualified the Camaro on pole, but it was older American iron that took the spoils. The big story prior to the race was the reconfiguration of turn 3.  Thursday night, …

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Daniel Mancinelli Scores Surprise GT Overall Pole, Immediately Promoted

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In St. Petersburg on Friday morning, Daniel Mancinelli claimed the overall pole for Saturday’s Round No. 1 for Pirelli World Challenge’s GT/GTA/GT Cup Classes in his GTA-class No. 31 Ferrari 488 GT3 for TR3 Racing.  The pole was a complete surprise for a couple of reasons.  One, Mancinelli chose to skip the one timed practice …

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Adderly Fong Quickest in PWC GT Practice; Aschenbach on GTS Pole

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On Thursday, Pirelli World Challenge’s four classes all took to the 1.8-mile street course in St. Petersburg for their opening on-track sessions.  It was a rather expensive day. In the 55 minute practice session, Absolute Racing’s Adderly Fong was quickest with a lap of 72.571 seconds (89.292 mph) in his Bentley Continental GT3.  Practice times …

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45 Entered for Pirelli World Challenge Season Opener at St. Petersburg

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On the undercard of the Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend in St. Petersburg, Fla. will be the GT, GTA, GT Cup and GTS Classes of Pirelli World Challenge.  Between those four classes, 45 cars are entered.  The GT, GTA and GT Cup Classes will run together in two 50-minute races, while the GTS class will …

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Laurens Vanthoor to Join GMG Racing for 2 Sprint-X Races

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On Friday, Global Motorsports Group Racing (GMG Racing) announced that owner and longtime Pirelli World Challenge racer James Sofronas will be joined by Laurens Vanthoor to co-drive the team’s No. 14 Porsche 911 GT3 R.  Vanthoor will drive in the first two Sprint-X weekends at VIRginia International Raceway and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. In Pirelli World …

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